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Amazon adds new wake-up lighting and sleep timer functions for Alexa-powered smart lights

Amazon has just solved one of the more inexplicable holes in the Alexa feature set with the addition of new sleep timers and wake-up lighting, as well as more robust routine functions for smart lights. Until today you could use Alexa to control compatible smart lights, and you could use Alexa to set timers. But you couldn't use both functions together, and you could only get close to using a pre-programmed routine that required you to tinker with the mobile app. It didn't make much sense.

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Now Amazon says you can do this as long as you are in the US and have Alexa-compatible lamps. The new functions will leave you set the alarm lighting and sleep timers for your smart lamps with the help of Alexa. So you can set recurring daily alarms that turn your smart lights on and off with commands such as, "Alexa, set an alarm for every morning at 7:00 am with my bedside lamp," and "Alexa set a 30- minutes sleep timer with lights on. ”

You can now too Brighten or dim your smart lights using Alexa routinesso that you can activate the gradual process over five minutes to an hour with a "good night" routine or choose the desired brightness that you want the lights to reach when the process is linked to your wake-up lighting or sleep timer request. Amazon has to roll out the features to US customers this week.